The National Center for Science Education is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of controversial issues (such as evolution and climate change) in public schools.

Because of our special expertise and experience, NCSE is often contacted by members of the press who are writing about the evolution/creationism controversy or about the teaching of global warming and other climate science issues that have come under political attack. Our staff can provide reliable information about creationism, evolution, climate change, and the state of science education in the United States.

If you need information, background, comments, or referrals to other sources, don't hesitate to contact us. Contact: Robert Luhn, Director of Communications at luhn@ncse.com

10.07.2016

Insanity, someone once observed, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. And yet creationists, climate change deniers, and their fellow travelers propose the same old bills (with a new coat of paint) year after year attacking evolution and climate change education specifically, and science education generally.

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05.09.2016

NCSE recognizes Donald Prothero, Katharine Hayhoe, Dana Nuccitelli, John Abraham, Andrew J. Petto, Paula Spence, and Skeptical Science for their tireless work defending and promoting science education.

In our modern, Internet-drenched world, misinformation travels at the speed of light. Whether in a webinar or IM'ing, in a Facebook debate or an online classroom, science education is unceasingly attacked, distorted, watered down, or just plain ignored.

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05.09.2016

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2016: Andrew J. Petto, a physical anthropologist, who formerly served on NCSE's board of directors and as the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education; Donald R. Prothero, a paleontologist and prolific author whose latest book is The Story of Life in 25 Fossils; and Paula Spence, a cartoonist and artist who has been contributing graphics of all sorts to NCSE for almost a decade.

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05.06.2016

Creationist effort results in windfall for group defending the teaching of evolution

Fiyyaz Pirani was perplexed. As the CEO of RapidWristbands.com, he was pleased to receive a massive order for over a hundred thousand wristbands. But as a socially responsible entrepreneur, he was not pleased that the order, from a creationist ministry, was for wristbands saying “DEBUNK EVOLUTION.”

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02.11.2016

How is climate change being taught in America's public schools? The answers may shock you.

How is climate change being taught in American schools? Is it being taught at all? And how are teachers addressing climate change denial in their classrooms, schools, and school districts?

Until today's release of NCSE's comprehensive nationwide survey, no one knew. The survey, conducted in concert with the respected nonpartisan Penn State University Survey Research Center, grilled over 1500 middle and high school science teachers. The results may floor you.

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08.24.2015

We laughed, we cried, we felt a thousand emotions. And when the dust finally settled, we were left with the usual pile of dead anti-science copycat bills, often from the usual players. We're looking at you, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The tally was nearly identical to 2014's. Four bills targeted evolution, one climate science, two unspecified "scientific controversies," and one adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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04.08.2015

Ask me how I'm warming the planet bumper sticker

From "Evolutionists do it with increasing complexity" to "Honk if you understand punctuated equilibria," NCSE has long been your go-to place for clever evolution bumper stickers. But now that NCSE is also defending the teaching of climate science, it's time to update the inventory — and it could be with your brilliant idea.

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03.23.2015

NCSE recognizes Neil Shubin, Naomi Oreskes, Ronald Numbers, Greg Craven, and the Alliance for Climate Education for their tireless work defending and promoting science education.

Not all stars obsess about mansions, manicures, or money. The celebrities recognized by NCSE's 2015 Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards confront science denial in every venue, from the silver screen to YouTube to high school auditoriums.

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12.17.2014

Texas State Board of Education must still vote on adopting the revised textbooks

CONTACTS:
Robert Luhn, NCSE, 510/601-7203
Dan Quinn, TFN, 512/322-0545
Lisa Hoyos, Climate Parents, 510/282-0440

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10.20.2014

Proposed social studies textbooks get climate change wrong, distort facts, deny science

CONTACTS:
Robert Luhn, NCSE, 510/601-7203
Dan Quinn, TFN, 512/322-0545
Lisa Hoyos, Climate Parents, 510/282-0440

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09.15.2014

Tell Textbook Publishers "Get the Science Right!" Keep climate change denial out of textbooks.The Texas state board of education will adopt new social studies textbooks in November, 2014. The decisions they make will affect Texas classrooms for years to come, and are likely to change how textbooks are written for use in other states as well.

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09.14.2014

One textbook absurdly portrays advocacy group as a science authority

An examination of how proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools address climate change reveals distortions and bias that misrepresent the broad scientific consensus on the phenomenon.

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06.28.2014

The Friend of Darwin Award recognizes the Kitzmiller v. Dover legal team and a stalwart evolution writer. The new Friend of the Planet award recognizes an outspoken climate scientist and a revered writer

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06.03.2014

The rallying cry of science deniers in 2013? "One more time!" Once again legislators across our fair land have been pushing anti-evolution and anti-climate change bills. Many are classic "academic freedom" or "strengths and weaknesses" bills. Others take a less obvious tack, allowing teachers to "intelligently explore" controversies and help wayward students "develop critical thinking skills".

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06.03.2014

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, science deniers flocked to familiar ground in 2014. Three bills attacking evolution and three bills hammering on "scientific controversies" were trotted out in Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Virginia. All went down to defeat. Bills targeting climate change specifically were nowhere to be found. (More on that below.) But the trend is clear—expect future anti-science bills to be vague, focusing on "scientific controversies" instead of specific domains.

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11.08.2013

Genie Scott to retire; Ann Reid to take the reins

Ann Reid is joining NCSE as Executive Director, starting January 2, 2014. She will replace Eugenie C. Scott, who has led NCSE in fighting the good fight for science education for 27 years.

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08.19.2013

NCSE launches its first blog

It was worth the wait.

After pondering the pros and cons of this newfangled "Internet" thing, NCSE has launched the Science League of America—our blog dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution and climate change. The blog is at www.ncse.com/blog

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03.04.2013

Summit cover.jpgExperts from around the nation meet to tackle climate literacy

"We have lots of information about climate change, but much of it is falling on deaf ears," says Mark McCaffrey, NCSE policy director. "That's because 90% of Americans admit they're not very well informed about climate change, but 75% would like to know more."

 

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10.03.2012

Climate change expert Ben Santer joins forces with NCSE

Dr. Benjamin D. Santer, a noted climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has joined NCSE's board of directors. Santer, who has devoted years to identifying the role humans play in climate change, will advise NCSE on its new climate change education initiative.

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09.01.2012

Minda Berbeco joins NCSE's new climate change initiative

Biologist Minda Berbeco joins NCSE to expand its climate change education initiative.

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06.05.2012

Friend of Darwin award recognizes lifetime evolution educator, young grassroots activist

 

It's an age-old story—the master and the newcomer. The expert who has devoted decades to keeping students on the right path. And the new kid who throws himself into the battle for truth, beauty, and the sheer joy of challenging the status quo.

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06.05.2012

Call 2012 the Year of the Copycat. Many of the antievolution bills proposed this year were old bills that were simply dusted off and offered up as new.

A 2011 Tennessee bill—largely drawn from Louisiana's infamous 2008 Science Education Act—was revived and signed into law in April. Among other things, this classic "academic freedom" bill lets teachers "help" students critique evolution, global warming, and more. This means there are now two states in the Union—Louisiana and Tennessee—that have anti-evolution and anti-climate change education laws on the books.

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02.20.2012

The Friend of Darwin award recognizes rapper, writer, and educator for their unstinting defense of evolution

Some Friends of Darwin are center stage—literally. Others work quietly behind the scenes, nudging, cajoling, and otherwise "herding butterflies" to get things done. Still others defend science with books, lectures, and crackerjack research.

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01.18.2012

McCaffrey to spearhead the new initiative

Mark S. McCaffrey has joined NCSE's staff to spearhead its new climate change initiative. A veteran climate change educator, McCaffrey will be in charge of NCSE's efforts to defend and support the teaching of climate change. (See NCSE's mission statement here.)

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